ATHENS -- At the beginning of October, the director of the Hellenic Relief Foundation's partner organization in Greece, Maria Siourdi,who also represents the H.R.F., along with volunteers, including the president of the Athens Club, Kyriakos Koukoulomatis, his wife Dina, and Fotis Panagiotakopoulos, headed to the village of Myrsini, Gytheio to offer clothing to the men of the village who stayed and saved it from a wildfire in August.
The H.R.F., on the initiative of their partner organization "Ellinkis Ethelontikis Simparastasis" (Greek Voluntary Support,) wanted to honor 12 men of the village who became heroes rescuing it from the catastrophic fires of the summer. The residents of the village, whose survival depends on the cultivation of olives and production of oil, were warned to evacuate because they were in serious danger. Nevertheless, this group of men did not leave, and by all means and in every way, tried to save what they could. It was these men that the H.R.F and its partner organization wanted to honor for their efforts.
During the visit, new clothes (pants and T-shirts), shoes, rain boots, food for those in need, household items (duvets, blankets, towels), personal hygiene items, antiseptics, cleaning items, and baby diapers were offered. Also, the company Agrovim, which has been one of our regular sponsors since 2012, offered a check of 1,000 euros to a family that lost tools, animal feed, and more, due to the fire.
Before the volunteers left, around a table full of love alongside the residents, they promised to be by their side if needed. After all, this has been what the Hellenic Relief Foundation has done for the homeland all these years.